A chicken sandwich meal at Chick-fil-A costs about $6.50. That same meal plus a visit from the towing company costs about $356.50, warns neighbor Terrie Cox.
“That’s a pretty expensive chicken sandwich,” said the real estate agent, whose offices share a parking lot with the fast-food chain’s new location in the Bennington neighborhood.
The Georgia-based fast-food restaurant opened its new location in early September to much fanfare at the corner of Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard and 164th Avenue. Hundreds camped out, thanks partly to a promotion that offered free lunch for a year to the first 100 customers.
But you wouldn’t guess the grand opening was six weeks ago by looking at the traffic during the lunch and dinner hours. Employees navigate traffic and take orders at the drive-through while traffic hints at spilling out onto the streets.
The congestion has bit into businesses that share the parking lot, Cox’s real estate company Terrie Cox Home Concepts and the Mexican restaurant Catedral Tapatia.